India on 27 April 2017 successfully test-fired 3000 kilometre range Agni-III ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. The test was aimed at re-establishing the operational effectiveness of the weapon system.
The test was carried by the Strategic Forces Command with logistics support from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO).
Agni-III’s first user successful trial was carried out on 21 September 2012.
Highlights of the Agni-III ballistic missile
• This Surface-to-Surface nuclear capable intermediate-range ballistic missile can hit targets in the range of around 3000 km.
• The two-stage solid-propelled missile has a length of 17 metres, 2 metres diameter and its launch weight is around 50 tonnes.
• It can carry a warhead of 1.5 tonne which is protected by carbon all composite heat shield.
• It is equipped with the hybrid navigation, guidance and control systems along with advanced on-board computer.
• It was developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
• The missile was inducted into the armed forces in June 2011.